SF's gang task force investigating recent rash of violent Mission District crimes

- A handful of random, violent crimes are being investigated by police and San Francisco's police gang task force in San Francisco’s Mission District.

On Tuesday, police filed three separate reports for an alleged beating with a hammer, a shooting, and a mob stabbing.

The first incident happened around 7:00 a.m. at 25th and Shotwell where a man allegedly beat a pedestrian over the head with a hammer. A neighbor intervened and said the suspect, who was wearing a hoodie, took off running and left the hammer and a gun behind. According to the police blotter, the suspect demanded the victim’s cell phone. The victim is expected to be OK.

The second incident happened just before 5:00 p.m. at the intersection of 14th and Natoma. Police said a man fired multiple shots at another man. The victim ran into a bar nearby where a bullet grazed a woman inside. Both victims are expected to be OK. Police classified the shooting as gang related and said their gang task force is investigating.

The third incident happened around 8:30 p.m. at the corner of 18th and Mission Streets. A mob of about 10 men attacked two people waiting at a bus stop. The two middle-aged men were stabbed multiple times by the group of 18 to 25-year-olds. The victims survived the brutal attack and have been released from the hospital. Police said the stabbing is also gang related.

“The attack, as you can imagine, was violent,” SFPD Spokesman Albie Esparza said. “They were outnumbered. Basically a mob attacked the victims.”

Because at least two cases are gang related, police are reminding the public they can call their anonymous tips line at 415-575-4444 or text anonymously to TIP411 with the keyword SFPD to start the message.

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